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Kris Wu faces 3 to 10 years in prison if convicted of rape in secret trial in Beijing

Chinese-Canadian rapper and pop star Kris Wu attended his trial behind closed doors in a Beijing court last week, with reports that the former EXO member could face a three to 10-year sentence jail for rape.

The trial was held at the Chaoyang District People’s Court on Friday to protect the privacy of the victims, the Beijing People’s Court said. said in a press release.

Chinese influencer Du Meizhu has accused Wu, 31, of tricking girls under the age of 18 into having sex on the pretext that they would be recruited as actresses. In a July 8, 2021 Weibo post, Du claimed Wu raped her when she was 17 and drunk in his presence. She added that there were other female victims, including two minors.

Chao Yang Police inmate Wureal name Wu Yifan, on July 31, 2021. He was officially arrested on August 16, 2021 for rape by the Chaoyang District People’s Procurator in Beijing. approved the arrest “after [an] investigation in accordance with the law. »

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Besides the rape charges, Wu is also facing a “group license,” a crime that involves someone arranging group sex with three or more people over the age of 16. Although no report has yet been released on Wu’s trial verdict, some media noted that Chinese courts have a 99.9% conviction rate and the official verdict will be released later.

A person accused of rape in China can usually expect a prison sentence of three to ten years, while statutory rape can result in life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Meanwhile, the collective license, which applies to anyone over the age of 16, is punishable by five years in prison. The crime, however, could lead to longer sentences, especially if the people involved lured a minor into the activity. The age of consent in China is 14.

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Chinese courts reportedly considered deporting Wu when he was formally charged.

Born in Guangzhou, China, Wu rose to fame as part of the K-pop group EXO. The Canadian national left the group in 2014 and started a solo career in China. Several brands, including L’Oreal, Porsche and Vattie, immediately severed ties with Wu over the scandal.

National Radio and Television Administration of China (NRTA) organized a two-day “Ethical Training Session” after Wu’s detention in July 2020. The “Training Course for Promoting High-Quality TV Drama Production” was attended by 64 Chinese celebrities and talents, including the actor of “The First Half of my life” Lei Jiayin and former child star Zhang Yishan.

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